CRH-owned Tipperary based company Roadstone Wood Ltd is to donate €10,000 to Simon Community projects in the county this year, through a safety in the workplace initiative with the homelessness charity.
Nationally, CRH, the leading building materials company and parent company of Roadstone Wood, has donated an additional €401,947 to the Simon Communities in Ireland this year, bringing the total raised since the partnership began in 2007 to €2,927,980The CRH Simon Safety Challenge is an all-island initiative that assists Simon in tackling homelessness both north and south of the border. The three-year partnership started in 2007 and at the end of 2009, CRH committed to extend the partnership for an extra year to help address homelessness in Ireland whilst encouraging CRH employees to improve their health and safety record.
In 2007, the partnership generated €777,062, in 2008 it generated €842,355, and 2009 saw €906,658 raised for the Simon Communities. Monies donated from Roadstone Wood have allowed Simon projects in Tipperary provide more than 24,000 hot meals to people using the Crisis Services during year one. During the second year CRH funds covered the Food Budget for Simon Community’s Crisis Services in Tipperary (Soup Run and Emergency Shelter). In the third year CRH funds went towards the cost of budgeted repairs and maintenance of Simon’s Emergency Shelter, Day & Outreach Services and 5 High-support Houses in the county.
Jim Farrell, Roadstone Wood Ltd Managing Director said: “As Roadstone Wood is one of the largest building materials companies in Munster, the area of homelessness and housing provision was a natural fit for our business. The CRH Simon Safety Challenge initiative involved the entire workforce, and linked donations to the local Simon Community to safety performance, something we place huge importance on. We were therefore delighted to be in a position to extend the partnership into 2010. On behalf of CRH, I would like to thank both Simon Community volunteers in Tipperary for their excellent work on the important issue of homelessness and our employees at the various Roadstone Wood locations for their commitment to this worthy cause over the last four years.”
Commenting on the success the initiative, Sarah Birchett, CEO of Mid West Simon Community, said:”The Simon Community is about believing in people; believing in the people who turn to the eight local Simon communities around the country every day, believing in the thousands of volunteers and Simon supporters, and believing that with the appropriate housing, care and support people can and do leave homelessness behind. The Simon Communities in Ireland and Simon Community Northern Ireland wish to thank the CRH’s companies and employees who participated in the CRH Simon Safety Challenge since the beginning of the partnership. It is donations such as these which make the work of Simon possible; with the generous support of CRH we have been able to provide vital support for people who are homeless and those at risk of homelessness throughout Ireland”.
In addition to the Safety Challenge, a number of successful CRH staff initiatives have taken place over the course of the partnership. Last year, CRH staff took to the streets for a national collection day to raise extra funds for the local Simon Community in their area. Simon Community Northern Ireland also ran a number of initiatives with the support of CRH staff including: the “Spring Clean for Simon” initiative and the “Simon Safety Football Challenge”.
The companies participating in the Challenge include the building materials providers Roadstone Wood, Northstone as well as Ireland’s largest cement producer Irish Cement Ltd.